Las Palmas Cruise Port Information

Las Palmas Cruise Port Information

We sailed to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria on our cruise on the Independence of the Seas. Here are a few tips to spend the day and not be too far away from the ship to ensure you are back for sail away!

Where is Las Palmas?

Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands located in the Atlantic Ocean, 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Morocco southern border. Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria, and lies on the north east coast.

Where does the cruise ship dock in Las Palmas?

The port of Las Palmas initially looked pretty industrial, however, we were so glad we got up early for sail in as the sunrise was stunning.

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Sunrise sail in to Las Palmas

We docked at the Santa Catalina Cruise Ship Port which is within walking distance of Las Palmas centre. We travelled with our Dad’s one of whom uses a mobility scooter, this sometimes can cause difficulties when areas are cobbled and uneven. However, the pavements were flat and easy to navigate so we were able to explore the streets right through to the beach area.

Las Palmas Cruise Port Information

Las Palmas

Where can you find free Wifi in Las Palmas?

We didn’t see Wifi readily advertised and the bar we stopped at did not have it. However, we did find it on the top floor of the El Muelle Shopping Centre in Mcdonald’s. We didn’t want to spend anything in Mcdonalds, so we just sat at a table that had just been vacated but had the trays were still there. It looked like we had finished our meal and used their free wifi for a good 30 minutes. It was a popular spot for a lot of the cruise ship crew too!

Las Palmas Cruise Port Information

Walking out of the El Muelle Shopping Centre

What is in walking distance?

If you walk straight towards the buildings past the shopping centre and carry straight on you will arrive at a lovely beach, Playa de Las Canteras. It has a natural offshore lava reef which acts as a wavebreak so the waters are always calm and with the year round warm weather it is a very popular spot.

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Wheelchair area on the beach

It really was an excellent beach, clean and well maintained, with being over 2kms long there is plenty of space and even had a special area for wheelchairs which was really good to see.

Las Palmas Cruise Port Information

Playa de Las Canteras

There are numerous places to eat and drink all along the esplanade. We had wine, beer and coffee for the four of us and it was less than 10 euros.

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Drinks by the beach

We parked ourselves at one of the many beachside cafes and spent a few hours people watching. It really was a good find.

Is there shopping in Las Palmas?

The cruise ship docks within 5 minutes walk of the El Muelle Shopping Centre you can’t miss it. In this medium size shopping centre you will find a variety of shops, restaurants and a cinema. As we walked through the town there were other shopping options too.

Las Palmas Cruise Port Information

Independence of the Seas docked in Las Palmas

We really enjoyed our afternoon out exploring Las Palmas, particularly the beach as we were expecting dark volcanic sand but were pleasantly surprised with the beautiful and unspoilt beach. As we were cruising we were only there for a relatively short time, so do visit here for more ideas.

Las Palmas was a great port of call and we had excellent weather, apparently it only gets 10cms of rain per year! We believe we will definitely be back in the future!

Thanks for reading!

Las Palmas Cruise Port Information

Sailing away from Las Palmas

Have you been to Las Palmas? is there anything else you would recommend for cruisers who are only in port for a short time? We would love to hear your thoughts on the comments below.

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47 Responses to Las Palmas Cruise Port Information

  1. Anisa says:

    I love that you sat at the table with trays at McDonalds to use the wifi. I wouldn’t want to eat there either, but that’s a great way to get free wifi! The port does look nice especially the beach where the water is always calm. I would love to go to the Canary Islands one day! Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard

  2. This is some helpful information for anyone taking a cruise to or from Las Palmas!
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  3. Super helpful information! I feel like a lot of times cruise ports are treated just as places to embark and/or disembark. It’s really helpful to have more background knowledge on the area! The beaches are BEAUTIFUL.

    • Thanks Emily. Yes agree that with that, information we wish that we had before our cruise. A lot of ports can be industrial but there are some that are really worth a visit. Thanks for your comment!

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  5. Cathy says:

    I’ve never been on a cruise with a short time at port, these tips are helpful. I like to maximize my time.

  6. Anna says:

    Really useful info! Never been to Gran Canaria: only to Lanzarote!
    Was recently thinking of taking a cruise to see all the Canary Islands! It´s great to know there are so many things to do in the Las Palmas area!
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  7. Frank says:

    Pretty pics. I know you guys love the beach – but the Canary Islands also have mountains and volcanoes I believe (please correct me if I’m wrong). Would love to go hiking there. Its also in the general vicinity of Madeira (Portugal) which is on my list of places to go one day – beautiful geography.

    Frank (bbqboy)

    • Hi Frank, Yes you’re right there are mountains and volcanoes in the Canary Islands and all the islands would be ideal for hiking. The beach in Las Palmas was a surprise as the sand in the canaries is normally black due to the volcanic ash. Madeira is north of the Canaries but they all lie to the west of the african coast. Funchal was another port of call on this same cruise that we really enjoyed and an island we would love to see more off. It certainly is a beautiful dramatic landscape in this part of the world with the added bonus of good weather for most of the year. The Canaries and Madeira are very popular destinations from the UK during the winter months. Carole.

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  9. Your images on this and your other posts are gorgeous.
    I kind of like an industrial sunset but I think that’s because I just love ports. The beach looks lovely – always a bonus to find nice golden sand, as you rightly point out. Cheap to eat and drink too! Very enjoyable piece #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • Thanks for your kind comments. We agree industrial ports can be quite stunning when the sun is setting. It was a really great port of call and we would love to go back! #TheWeeklyPostcard

  10. I have been to Gran Canaria but not Las Palmas so found this most interesting! The sunset is gorgeous, I love it … but then again, I’m a huge sunset fan! I found it most amusing that you took the opportunity in McDonalds – needs must and all that jazz 🙂 It’s good to hear that it was mobility-scooter friendly as well as I can imagine that must be a problem at times and most frustrating! Thanks for sharing all this information! #feetdotravel

    • Travelling with our elderly Dads can prove challenging for them due to their mobility so finding an accessible port of call was great. We have now cruised 6 times with them and had the most wonderful times and memories made. Finding totally free wifi is always very satisfying! Thanks for your comment!

  11. SamH Travels says:

    Some useful tips here and what a wonderful sunrise! I liked how you managed to use the MacDonalds wifi – thats the kind of thing I would do! I like the way you have talked about mobility scooter issues – accessibility is so often overlooked and taken for granted.

    • Can’t beat a bit of totally free wifi!! We have been lucky enough to now have cruised with our Dads who are now in their 80’s, and with their mobility not as good as it was cruising is ideal. However not all ports of call easily allow access but Las Palmas did which was great. Thanks for your comment!

  12. Las Palmas looks like a great Port of Call. The photos are stunning which shows a wonderful beach, restaurants, and shopping. Like the ideas of the paved streets which makes it easier for scooters. Great Tip. Happy to know there is wifi at McDonalds 🙂 I pinned this for later. Thanks for Sharing 😉

  13. What a great idea for a super informative post. I wasn’t aware there was a cruise ship port here, but hope to do some cruises in this area in the future. I love the using the trays as decoys at McDonalds! I must remember that travel hack for future use!!

    • It is a great area to cruise to and the year round pleasant weather also helps! We are not a huge fan of McDonalds so sliding in next to the trays was perfect! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  14. David says:

    As I said before, I’m really keen to see the Canary Islands and its nice to see the difference between Las Palmas and Santa Cruz. The islands clearly have a diverse range of things to offer.

  15. Lisa says:

    Looks like a great place to visit. Thanks for the breakdown, helpful tips always make getting around a new place easier. A winter break destination to keep in mind. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Helena says:

    What a great post! I don’t know much about this part of the world so I really enjoy hearing about it. Beautiful photos as well 🙂

  17. Travel Lexx says:

    Useful info for anyone heading to Las Palmas – love that sunrise too! Thanks for sharing

  18. Kreete says:

    I have always wanted to go on a bigger cruise ship than the ones in the Baltic Sea. I used to live in Spain and even though I never made it to Las Palmas, your post and the photos along with it made me miss it! One day I will buy a house there! Love that place! I was actually hoping to see a video too ha! You have been spoiling us with the videos!
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  19. Lauren says:

    Las palmas looks beautiful! Great blog post very informative
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  20. Never been on a cruise. This one looks great. It would be lovely to cruise away to such an exotic place and enjoy the journey as well as the destination. Lovely post and great information.

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